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Hey Los Angeles, get ready to be engulfed by Award winning playwright and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Del Shores as he premieres his new play “Yellow” from May 29-July 25 at the Coast Playhouse (8325 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA). According to press notes, “Yellow” chronicles a year in the lives of what seems to be the perfect family, Bobby and Kate Westmoreland, their two teenage children Dayne and Gracie, along with Gracie’s young gay friend Kendall and his crazy, fundamentalist mother Sister Timothea Parker. Set in Vicksburg, Mississippi, YELLOW explores the perfect family confronted with tragedy and heartbreak when a deep, dark nineteen-year-old secret is exposed.

This is Del’s first new play since 2003, so get your tickets while you can because they are selling fast! For tickets, click here!

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Be sure to catch Emmy Award winner and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Leslie Jordan in his hilarious one man show “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” from April 16-July 3 at Midtown Theater (163 West 46th Street) in New York City. Come hear stories and anecdotes the way only Leslie can tell them about Hollywood, fame, addiction, and learning to love yourself!

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Best known as “Aunt LaVonda” from “Sordid Lives,” Ann Walker is an award winning actress who has starred in theatre, film, and television! From her early days in Houston, TX, Ann performed in a variety of small theater productions including the Alley Theaters’ 25th anniversary production of “Camino Real” by Tennessee Williams. She then moved to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and afterwards headed out west to Los Angeles where she has not stopped working! For her role as “Odette Annette Barnett” in Del Shores‘ (fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) play “Southern Baptist Sissies,” Ann won a Robby, Maddy, and Los Angeles Drama Circle Critics Award and was nominated by her peers for The Ovation Award. Ann also received a Drama-Logue and Robby Award for her role in Tyler Hansen’s play “Ballad.” Other theatre credits incldue “Rain,” “Best Wishes,” “How The Other Half Loves,” “Hysterical Blindness,” “Opera Comique,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and “Daughters of the Lone Star State” (also by Del Shores). Ann’s biggest joy came in 1996 when she starred in Del Shores’ smash hit play “Sordid Lives” as “LaVonda Dupree” which she has reprised in the award winning film of the same name in 2000 as well as in the mega-hit TV series in 2008. Other film credits include “Father of the Bride II,” “The Fanatics,” “It Takes Two,” “Soulman,” and “The Jagged Edge, while her numerous TV appearances consist of “The Rutles” with Eric Idle, “The Suite Life,” “Providence,” “Arliss,” “Passions,” “State of Grace,” “Las Vegas,” “Sex, Love, & Secrets,” “MADTV,” “The Mary Kay Letourneau Story,” “She’s No Angel,” “Willing to Kill, The Texas Cheerleader Story,” and “Lone Rider.” Starting this February, Ann will be co-hosting “On The Air With Tony Sweet” on LA Talk Radio. Be sure to visit www.annwalkeronline.com to find out more!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was a kid I would watch the Mike Douglas Show and one day I saw a comedienne named Totie Fields. I thought she was the funniest woman and all of a sudden I wanted to be a stand-up comic. But I also went to the movies a lot. All day Saturdays and on Sundays too. Loved all of those beautiful actresses that I saw and I wanted to do what they were doing.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Meryl Streep. She is the most magnificent actress of our day. Maybe forever!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Honey, I’ve used every talent that I ever thought I had. I’ve held nothing back that could’ve gotten me work.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My darling deceased husband Steve. He’s been gone 5 years now and I miss him so very much.

5. Books or Magazines? Magazines.

6. Favorite Drink? Grey Goose Vodka Martini straight up with a twist!

7. Favorite skin care product? Cedafil Moisturiser.

8. Favorite store to shop in? Fredricks of Hollywood and Coldwater Creek.

9. Favorite website? My own….annwalkeronline.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Del Shores, award winning writer/director/producer/creator of “Sordid Lives” & the sexiest new blog on the net HOT SHOTS, on “The Sheena Metal Experience” tonight (1/22/10) at 8pm EST, 5pm PST on LA Talk Radio.

Sheena gets up close and personal with Del, so be sure to tune in and make sure you have those questions ready because Del is eagerly awaiting to hear from his fans! So call 818-602-4929 and talk to Del LIVE!

Updated: In case you missed Del Shores (& me calling in) on the January 22, 2010 episode of “The Sheena Metal Experience” here is the link!

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Leslie JordanThere are many actors who guest star on television series, but there are only a handful that make their stints as memorable as Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan. As “Beverley Leslie” on “Will & Grace”, the nemesis of Megan Mullally’s “Karen Walker”, Leslie Jordan lit up the screen every time. That comedic fire follows Leslie everywhere he goes…other memorable guest starring roles include “Privileged,” “Ugly Betty,” “Boston Legal,” and “Reba.” Leslie has also delighted television audiences as one of the stars of “Sordid Lives: The Series” as “Brother Boy” (a role which he created in the film “Sordid Lives”). For his stage work, Leslie is an Ovation, Garland, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Winner for his role as “Preston Leroy” in Del Shores’ hit play “Southern Baptist Sissies.” His solo shows “Like a Dog on Linoleum,” “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far,” and “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” (which is based upon his best selling book) have played to sold-out houses around the country. If you haven’t seen Leslie Jordan live in person, be sure to catch him in “A Sordid Comedy Affair” on September 19 in Dallas, TX at the Majestic Theatre along with series creator Del Shores, and fellow stars Jason Dottley, Rue McClanahan, and Caroline Rhea. For more on Leslie Jordan visit: http://www.thelesliejordan.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My very first theatre professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dr. Fred Beringer, who once told me, “Leslie, you are capable of genuine artistry but you are so lazy as an actor you will probably end up out in Los Angeles on some silly sitcom and the world will never know your true talent.” Oh well…

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Dolly Parton.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? Truman Capote.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best experience on stage is doing my one man show “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet” which I performed in 45 cities last year and is slated to open Off-Broadway in October 2009.** Worst experience was years ago stepping into a play that was already up and running…I wanted to bring my own “rhythms” to the piece but the cast seemed really peeved that I wasn’t just replicating the work of the previous actor, it was a real quandary. **(Update: “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet will now begin performances Off-Broadway on April 14, 2010, click here for my review ).

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that one one knows about? I can fart out “The Star Spangled Banner.”

6. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Almost every day…I think it is the nature of what we do…every job that I finish, I think is my last and I will never ever be hired again…but in the words of Martha Graham it is what …”keeps us marching and more alive than the others.”

7. Favorite kind of shoes? My black Bostonian tassle loafers.

8. Favorite holiday? I travel 8 months out of the year so my life is a vacation…but a true vacation for me is time off spent in my loft in Hollywood near The Grove.

9. Favorite website? Rentboy.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s your proudest moment? Winning the Emmy for “Will and Grace” in 2006!  Especially proud that it was for a show that did so much to move our quest for Equality as gay people ahead.  Never underestimate the power of COMEDY!!!!

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? The strangest thing has happen to me over the last 5 years. I do not dream the way I used to. My dreams used to be filled with longings and very angst ridden. I dreamed a lot about having stormy relationships with famous people.  I dreamed a lot about pets from my past. In those dreams I had forgotten to take care of my pets and they were sick and dying. I dreamed a lot about driving a car while drunk. Or, after being clean and sober for many years, I would dream that I had somehow gotten loaded and was desperately trying  to hide it from everybody. But as of late, I seldom if ever dream. It is the oddest thing. It is almost like my mind is completely at rest. I sleep like a rock and the only time I dream is if I eat pizza really late at night!! Perhaps it is because I am now LIVING ALL MY DREAMS!!!!

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Jason Dottley

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Jason Dottley DiscoHe can make you want to dance or he can touch your heart, either way, Jason Dottley grabs your attention. From theatre to television to dance clubs around the country, Jason is everywhere. In 2003, he made his professional stage debut in a production of Terrance McNally’s “Lisbon Traviata” at the Actor’s Lab in Hollywood, CA. Jason then went to produce revivals of Del Shores’ “Southern Baptist Sissies”, “Sordid Lives”, and Del’s most critically acclaimed play “The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife” throughout the US. He starred in the smash hit TV show “Sordid Lives: The Series” on LOGO (now airing oversees in Israel, Germany, Austria, France, & Sweden). Currently, Jason is producing the movie adaption Del Shores’ GLADD Award Winning show “Southern Baptist Sissies” (which is scheduled to begin filming in 2010) and touring the country debuting his hit dance single “Hit Play (Take Me Away)” and producing Del Shores’ one-man show “Del Shores The Storyteller”, which he’ll be guest starring at tonight 7/19 in Austin, TX at Oil Can Harry’s. For tickets & showtime, and everything Jason visit: http://www.jasondottley.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer/singer? Madonna, 100%. I’m even considering adopting a baby from Malawi, that’s how dedicated I am. Lady Gaga has had an impact too!

2. When did you realize you wanted to be a performer/singer? I used to be a magician. Yes, it’s true. I even had two doves that I could make disappear. It’s been in my blood my whole life. I’m a ham.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Madonna.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I’m incredible at giving head. But a few people are aware of it 🙂

5. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Worst experience was in Mobile because I performed to a wall of discontent lesbians. My best so far has been in DC because the club was great, the crowd was great and I had four hot deliciously chocolate dancers who were incredible!

6. Describe your worst shopping experience? In Vegas at 19, I bought a stripper with my best friend. I asked for a white guy with a swimmer’s build. The company sent a hispanic guy who was built like a orange peddler. I sent him back. Strippers are expensive, you should get what you pay for.

7. Favorite kind of sundae (ice cream flavor & toppings)? Caramel and fudge, nuts, NO WHIPPED CREAM.

8. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Regular coffee at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts is disgusting. Bring on the Krispy Kreme or the Shipley’s.

9. Favorite website? www.madonnnalicious.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? She-ra

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